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‘When the General Services Administration launched its Centers of Excellence in 2017, the program included revamping agency contact centers as a major customer experience push. To ensure the program is meeting that goal, the Contact Center CoE recently began conducting undercover assessments.’ BARE shares an article by Aaron Boyd for NextGov that outlines the CoE’s mystery shopper program and advice for other agencies interested in doing the same.

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‘Some clients firmly believe that passively collected data are a better way to reveal true, actionable insights about consumers’ behavior… we’ve been cautioning against the sole reliance on passive data, because we continue to prove that direct interaction with a respondent is still valuable in unlocking the why behind their behavior, IF you do it right.’ BARE shares an article by Mary Mathes for Quirk’s on the importance of purposeful data collection.

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